Bobby Jindal has apparently had a similar reception in England to that his fellow Louisiana native Jerry Lee Lewis had – but for different reasons. No, Jindal doesn’t have any child brides in his background, but the Brits have found something else they don’t like about him – namely, his sounding the alarm about the encroachment of Islamic culture in Europe.
Jindal gave a speech to the Henry Jackson Society in London, a conservative outfit, in which he decried the troublesome development of “no-go” zones throughout Europe where Muslims have established sharia enclaves outside of general society. He was immediately challenged on that claim, as this interaction with a British CNN reporter is an example…
The Times-Picayune piled on Jindal with everything they could, even manufacturing a quote from David Cameron to rebuke Jindal…
British Prime Minister David Cameron has insisted that “no-go zones” don’t exist in the United Kingdom, as Jindal has asserted.
“When I heard this, I frankly choked on my porridge and I thought it must be April Fools Day,” said Cameron, about the existence of “no-go zones” in England.
On Saturday, Fox News issued a slew of apologies and corrections about the cable network’s reporting on “no-go zones,” which was initially very similar to claims made by Jindal in his London speech.
“To be clear, there is no formal designation of these zones in either country and no credible information to support the assertion there are specific areas in these countries that exclude individuals based solely on their religion,” said Julie Banderas, a Fox News anchor in a correction aired by the network.
Except Cameron wasn’t talking about Jindal when he issued that quote. He was talking about a guest on Fox News’ coverage of the Charlie Hebdo massacre last week who went a bit overboard and said that the British city of Birmingham had gone completely Muslim.
British Prime Minister David Cameron had harsh words for the Fox News guest who on Sunday said the British city of Birmingham was “totally Muslim.”
During an interview on Monday with ITV News, Cameron called Fox News “terrorism expert” Steven Emerson a “complete idiot” over the comments.
“When I heard this, frankly, I choked on my porridge and I thought it must be April Fool’s Day,” Cameron said, “this guy is clearly a complete idiot.”
“What he should do is actually look at Birmingham,” Cameron continued, “and see what a fantastic example it is of bringing people together of different faiths, different backgrounds and actually building a world-class, brilliant city with a great and strong economy.”
Emerson apologized on Sunday for the comments made during his appearance on “Justice with Judge Jeanine,” calling them an “inexcusable error.”
It’s one thing to dispute the contention that a major British city has gone completely to the Muslims – which, factually, isn’t true, though there are now more Muslim children in England’s second city than Christian children and that city was the subject of this first-person account back in 2011…
For four years, we lived in inner-city Birmingham, in what has been a police no-go area for 20 years. We know that because some plain-clothed cops told us when they asked to use our vicarage as a stake-out to bust drugs rings that pervade the area. Having heard a parishioner’s tales of what his neighbours did to him when he was wrongfully suspected of having grassed up a cock-fighting ring, we refused, explaining that we had to live here, they didn’t. Even during this time we saw the area change. When we arrived, the population was predominantly Pakistani. Now Somalis are there in equal number. Most of the run-down Irish pubs were turned into mosques during our time.
Fox did a good deal of apologizing about the “no-go” zone statements and said there’s no evidence of their formal existence, but there are clearly Muslim enclaves where Western culture is not permitted – and those are all over Europe.
Jindal needed to back his statements with some specific examples. All he needed to do was have a staffer do a YouTube search…
To Jindal’s credit, he didn’t back down from the accusation, though he’ll have to document it better. As we know, any declarative statement by a Republican politician, particularly one which is not in tune with political correctness, is immediately assumed to either be a lie or evidence of gross ignorance.
Of course, it was native Frenchmen who perpetrated the Charlie Hebdo massacre – a fact somewhat inconvenient to those who would decry Jindal as a demogogue or a rube. If there aren’t enclaves in France and other countries in which Muslims are creating a culture hostile to that of mainstream Europe, then where would French natives get the idea to slaughter a bunch of cartoonists for lampooning Mohammed?
Jindal might not have carried his burden of proof, but his critics haven’t particularly made their case either.